Travis Scott offered fans some details about his next album Utopia during a recent interview for i-D Magazine. Speaking with From Dusk Till Dawn and The Mandalorian director Robert Rodriguez, La Flame revealed he’s experimenting with a “whole new sound” for his Astroworld follow-up.
“I never tell people this and I’m probably going to keep it a secret still, but I’m working with some new people and I’m just trying to expand the sound,” Scott said in the interview. “I’ve been making beats again, rapping on my own beats [and] just putting everything together and trying to grow it really.”
“That’s been one of the most fun things about working on this album,” he added. “I’m evolving, collaborating with new people [and] delivering a whole new sound [and] a whole new range.”
In terms of the pressure for commercial success following Astroworld’s massive 2018 takeover, Scott said he only feels pressured to deliver the very best quality music to his fans.
“There’s so much more ground I can cover and I want to cover it,” he said. “... I love the challenge of it. I want to make a fucking new sound. I might spend days banging my head against a wall trying to figure it out, but once I do it, it’s like ultimate ecstasy.”
Scott also revealed how raising his 3-year-old-daughter Stormi has changed his process.
“Fatherhood influences my job. It has a huge impact. It’s a major inspiration,” he told i-D. “Especially Stormi. She’s always interested; she catches on and learns things so fast.”
As far as when fans can expect Utopia, Scott promised the highly anticipated record is “coming soon.”
The Houston native also spoke to his recent lucrative partnerships and how they connect to his past.
“... With Nike… those are the shoes I wear; the shoes I’ve been wearing since I was a kid,” he said. “Playstation — when it was rough when I was a kid, gaming was an escape. When I was younger and in the studio, sometimes we couldn’t really afford to eat, you know? So McDonald’s held it down.”
“... But it’s about being able to create an experience, even if these are small things,” he continued. “These collaborations are tools in a way, pieces of everyday life; big brands that allowed us to generate ideas. In 2021 we want to keep evolving, keep generating.”